Friday, December 31, 2010

Soap Saver [Pattern]

Finished Soap Saver
I had been looking for a nice little gift I could give my family and close friends at Christmas. Now, while the message sent could have been "yeesh, you stink - take a bath" I figured those who knew me well enough to get a soap saver for Christmas knew me well enough to know that was not the message I was sending.... make sense? *laughing*

Truly, the soap saver works up rather quickly.

Whenever you crochet an item that is going to be wet most of its existence, you will want to use a blend of cotton and nylon. The nylon helps the material resist moisture and absorbing all the sudsy goodness of the soap; however, the cotton in the blend makes the item softer than if you used a pure nylon/acrylic blend. Now, there are some exceptions to this rule (aren't there always?). I don't see a problem in using a standard acrylic blend for the soap saver simply because if its a little rough, then you get the benefit of a little exfoliation while you bathe. I will say the only thing you definitely do NOT want to do is make a 100% cotton soap saver. Pure cotton will absorb water, turn into a heavy blobby mess, and you will get very few bubbles out of the deal.

The soap saver doesn't use a lot of yarn so you can get several out of one skein. I think this is a great little project for those quarter skeins you have left at the end of a bigger project.

As always, I ask that you do not pass this pattern off as your own. You are free to link to the pattern from your website or blog. Please do not sell the final product or pattern. You may make the soap saver for your own personal use or to give away as gifts.

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SOAP SAVER
By Cris

Hook Size: H
Yarn: As described above; any color or style will do

For this pattern write-up, I used Red Heart "Earth & Sky" which was leftovers from a hat and camera case I made. It is 100% acrylic so I'm using it more as an exfoliating soap saver.

Abbreviations:
ch - Chain
sl - Slip Stitch
sk - skip

hdc - half double crochet
dc - Double Crochet
st - Stitch (normally referring to the row below the current one being worked)

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Ch 13

Row 1: 
hdc in 2nd chain from the hook. Continue hdc's down the chain. (12 hdc). Instead of turning your work around to head back down the row of hdc's you just created, turn the work upside down with the same side facing you. You are working down the other side of the chain without turning your work over. hdc in the same st you finished your last hdc in. Grab your yarn tail and pull it tight to pull that chain stitch around the 2 hdc's you just created. Holding the tail up against the work, make sure the rest of the hdc's lock the tail in around the work (you are basically weaving it in without having to go in later and weave it in).

You currently have 13 hdc's done. Finish row 1 with 11 more hdc along the original chain. You should pretty much end up where you started with your hdc row.

sl in the top of the first hdc to join the row together.

The image to the left shows the detail of how the first row works. Notice the dark blue arrows showing the direction in how you work along with where the starting chain is and how the tail is wove into the stitch. The image shows the first row up until the 16th hdc.

Row 2 & 3:
NOTE: You can drop the tail and trim it off now.

Ch 1
Hdc in every st from the row below. Finish with sl to join. (25 hdc per row)

Row 4:
Ch 3
*Sk 1 st. Dc in next st. Ch 1* Repeat between * 11 times (12 dc total, including first dc)
Sl in 2nd ch created at beginning of this row to join

Repeat Rows 2 - 4 two more times:
progress after row 6
NOTE: The hdc in the ch made over the skipped st can be made in the space, not the actual chain. Your last hdc of rows5, 6, 8, and 9 will be in the ch space.

Row 11:
Repeat Row 2 (25 hdc)


Row 12: (optional)
The last row is pretty much up to you! You don't have to do it at all OR you can finish it off with another row of hdc, sc, or your favorite edging.


For this example, I'm going to do the following edge:
Ch 1 followed by sl in next st. Do not skip any stitches. Finish the entire edge. sl to join.

Cut yarn and pull through. Weave in the end. Turn the bag inside out (the right side was actually the inside of the pouch as you created it).

String:
Leave about a 5 inch tail on either side of your chain
Ch 40
Trim and pull the yarn through to secure it.
Weave the string through the top row of dc's. Be sure you start on the side of the bag - you don't want your pull to pull against the shape of the bag.

Tie the tails together in a standard knot.
Tie the tails together into a small bow then tie the bow ends together to double knot it.
Trim the remaining tails off so it is a small little bow.
Pull the opposite side of the string so the bow goes into the side of the soap saver. (the bow will not be at the top hanging part of the string)

5 comments:

TheHMC said...

No wonder my crochet bath stuff never lathers up..I use 100% cotton every time and then am never happy with the end product. I'm definitely happy to try try this with some regular old acrylic and see how it goes!

Cris said...

Thank you for your comment - cotton is good for dishcloths but for some reason it isn't the same for bath soaps. Hope it works well for you! When you finish, leave a note and let me know how it goes.

Cris said...

Thank you for your comment - cotton is good for dishcloths but for some reason it isn't the same for bath soaps. Hope it works well for you! When you finish, leave a note and let me know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

Love how mine turned out! Thanks for sharing. : )

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pattern! It worked up really fast and looks great! I did the cord slightly different, I chained a few extra and then slip stitched down the length to make a rounder cord.
These will make great Christmas gifts!

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